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I replace my light bulbs underneath the microwave, and they last less than 2 weeks and both burn out at the same time. I have gone through at least 8 lightbulbs in the past 3 months.The first pair of bulbs lasted over 2 years.

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If they are halogen types, oils from the skin will shorten their life. You should never touch them with bare skin.

If someone slams the door (a nono!) while the lights are no, that can shorten their life or blow them right away.

If they are left on for hours at a time, that will reduce the number of days they will last.

I would recommend a good quality replacement (not made in China if possible!) from a home improvement center such as Lowe's, Home Depot, etc., as opposed to the grocery store types.

Or you can find links to helpful exploded view diagrams and part ordering help here.
I recommend that you bookmark that link to your favorites.We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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